OF MICE AND MEN CHAPTER 1 SUMMARY DONE

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  • ENGLISH LIT OF MICE AND MEN CHAPTER 1
    • IMAGERY - used to set the scene
    • GEORGE
      • a father figure to Lennie
        • "don't drink so much"
          • Lennie doesn't know when to stop so George has to tell him and look after him
        • "you gonna be sick"
          • doesn't understand the consequence- he is unaware ans he's still in the mind of a child - innocence
        • "good boy"
          • rewards him for doing simple things
      • has authority within the friendship
        • "walked in single file"
          • George has authority over Lennie as he is still in the mind of a child and can't look after himself
            • links to theme of relationships
            • During the great depression people would travel around together to save money just like George and Lennie
        • "one stayed behind the other"
          • George has authority over Lennie as he is still in the mind of a child and can't look after himself
            • links to theme of relationships
            • During the great depression people would travel around together to save money just like George and Lennie
    • LENNIE
      • In the mind of  a child - unaware
        • "Lennie's face broke into a delighted smile"
          • He's just a kid really and is unaware of his immaturity
        • "an elaborate pantomime of innocence"
          • "innocence" doesn't mean any harm
    • Writers Techniques
      • use of adverbs ( -ly)
        • "morosely"
          • this suggests George is sad, lonely and isolated
        • "sharply"
          • this suggests George is frustrated almost trapped by his dreams
            • George wants to achieve his dream but with Lennie in the way he can't. This links to the american dream
        • "imperiously"
          • He looks after Lennie - superior
      • Animal imagery
        • "like a terrier"
          • Like Lennie animals are innocent but are also capable of being very dagerous
        • "the way a bear drags his paws"
          • Lennie is compared to a bear which can be dangerous
        • "Lennie's whimpering cry"
    • The American Dream
      • both Lennie and George share the same dream throughout the novel which is to "live off the fatta the lan'"
        • OMAM is set in california which was known as the Golden State where the american dream came true
        • "we're gonna have a little house"
        • "a couple of acres"

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